Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Allen Banks
Bardon Mill
NE47 7PB

01434 321888

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Allen Banks and Staward Gorge was badly damaged during Storm Desmond and unfortunately, remains closed.

The damage resulted in many destabilising landslips, the uprooting of large trees, erosion to the river bank and the much loved wobbly bridge being washed away.

The devastation began in December when Storm Desmond hit the North of England. At Allen Banks the suspension bridge, which had just been rebuilt after being damaged by a storm in 2013, was badly hit and much of it was washed away.

The whole area is thought to be unstable and movement in the land is being seen daily. Rangers are constantly assessing the land and you can keep up to date with any progress via Facebook and twitter.

About Allen Banks and Staward Gorge:

This extensive woodland area of gorge and river scenery, including the 41-hectare (101-acre) Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), has miles of waymarked walks through ornamental and ancient woods.

Largely created by Susan Davidson, Allen Banks has become a fantastic home for nature such as flora, fauna and fungi. It is also well known for its carpet of bluebells and ramsons, commonly known as wild garlic, which covers the woodland floor in spring and early summer.

There's the remains of a medieval pele tower and a reconstructed Victorian summerhouse and ornamental pond during the wonderful woodland walks.

There are also over 70 species of birds that have been spotted at Allen Banks and a number of mammals such as roe deer, dormice, otters and bats.

NB: All woodland area sits within the North Pennines, AONB

Ticketing and entry prices for Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Type Entry for Guide price
(Car parking)
per ticket

Free parking until 10am.

Car parking available at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge Nature and Wildlife Attraction Car parking available
Free until 10am
Toilet Facilities at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge Nature and Wildlife Attraction Toilet facilities
Picnic area at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge Nature and Wildlife Attraction Picnic area
There are picnic benches provided on site
Dogs / pets allowed at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge Nature and Wildlife Attraction Dogs / pets allowed
Allen Banks woodland is perfect for dogs to run free
Child / family friendly at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge Nature and Wildlife Attraction Child / family friendly
Open all year at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge Nature and Wildlife Attraction Open all year
Celebrity/historic connection at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge Nature and Wildlife Attraction Celebrity/historic connection
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A lovely treat

fire21, Cramlington, United Kingdom
We visited with two dogs on a Sunday afternoon. It's pay and display parking but I thought £2 for up to four hours was really reasonable. The path was relatively easy to follow and the dogs loved being off lead in the woodland. Luckily it was a lovely sunny day but the shelter from the trees would make it a nice walk in any weather. It was relatively busy but there are lots of spots just slightly off the main path that would make lovely spots for a picnic. We sat on the rocks at the river for a long while and are going to visit again with some lunch. A lovely afternoon out, I would recommend!

Lovely walk. Impressive scenery

Westwell42, Northampton, United Kingdom
We had a lovely walk along the river, despite much of the walk being closed following major storm damage last year. There were plenty of opportunities to paddle in the river and some really impressive views from some parts of the footpath. The National Trust say they might never be able to fully reinstate some of the damaged paths but it's still definitely worth a visit!

Walk in Autumn

Darleypete, Darley Dale, United Kingdom
Beautiful walk up the valley. Paths easy to follow although a little wet when we were there. Saw a red Squirrel, so look as you walk

A Lovely Place to Unwind

TruthMunkie, Northumberland, United Kingdom
Allen Banks is a firm family favourite venue for a relaxing stroll. Based along the River Allen, this National Trust property is dog-friendly, green, leafy and covered in interesting winding paths ranging from flat to steep enough to get you breathing hard. There are no facilities on site - with the exception of a toilet - so make sure that you pack a lunch. Allen Banks can get somewhat muddy in the winter months so why not pack your walking boots and get out in the fresh Northumbrian air?

Not Much To See

BlueZMonkey, Ripon, United Kingdom
I expected so much having picked up a leftlet showing a beautiful autumn colours, but when I got to the car park the main path was closed, there were instructions to use a footpath diversion, but as I read the sign it was obvious that the temporary route had expired at the end of September. I didn't fancy getting told off for trespassing. I had a quick look at the River Allen from the bridge, but there wasn't much to get excited about. The only saving grace was that the toilets in the car park were open and tidy, although the water was rather cold. For the entire time that I was there, my car was the only one in the car park..clearly everyone else knew not to bother.

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